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Misheard lyrics (also called mondegreens) occur when people misunderstand the lyrics in a song. These are NOT intentional rephrasing of lyrics, which is called parody. For more information about the misheard lyrics available on this site, please read our FAQ.

This page contains a list of the songs that have stories about their misheard lyrics submitted.

Song names are sorted by first letter, excluding A and The. This is sorted by song title only, not by song title and performer. So if two different performers preformed the same song, you'll see misheard lyrics for both on the same page (provided the song title was spelt the same both times, and misheard lyrics have been submitted for both!).

Tupac: Live at the House of Blues [Blu-ray] album at
Tupac Shakur's, "California Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
California, don't start a party.
The Real Lyrics:
California, knows how to party.
The Story: I went over to my friend's house singing the chorus of this song after watching this video on MTV for the first time after school in sixth grade. His older brother overheard me and asked what I was singing (they did not have cable). I told him it was this awesome new song by Tupac. He was like "why would Tupac sing about going to California and NOT starting a party?" I did not have a solid answer. - Submitted by: mishearded
Tupac Shakur's, "California Love"
The Misheard Lyrics:
California, no doubt about it.
The Real Lyrics:
California knows how to party.
The Story: I didn't find out until singing along in my work van 15 years later when I was questioned, "What are you singing?". It sounds stupid, but sing "California, no doubt about it" with the chorus. - Submitted by: Glen in Campbell
Tupac Shakur's, "How Do U Want It"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Coming up as a nigga in a cash can
Livin' in a fast lane life for real
The Real Lyrics:
Comin' up as a nigga in the cash game,
Livin' in the fast lane, now for real
The Story: First time I listened to this song I really liked it but until I read the lyrics I thought this was the lyric so I was quite confused - Submitted by: My name
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